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MEET THE AUTHOR: Luretta E. Armagost Williams

Luretta is one of two daughters born to John and Marie Armagost. She grew up in the Narcissia community and attended church and school there. She and her husband, Anthony Williams, live on the Armagost Farm today. Luretta and Anthony have three grown children.

Her first book has been a long time in the making. She is pleased to announce that it will be available within the next month and orders are now being taken. Paid orders may be made to The Gregath Publishing Company, PO BOX 505, Wyandotte, OK 74370 for $50.00 (includes USPS Priority delivery). The publishers also accept PayPal online, and Visa/MasterCard orders at 918-542-4148.

Narcissa, Oklahoma Through the Years: Life Along the Mother Road - Route 66, by Luretta E. Armagost Williams, 2009. approx. 275 pages, 8.5x11", softbound book, includes subject index, photos, maps, newspaper clippings.

Introduction to the Book

The book came about as a result of my interest in history and families of the area. This was fostered by my parents and particularly my father, John Armagost. Both my parents kept various types of records, photos and notes over the years and these were a springboard for me. My dad often wrote articles for the local newspaper, sharing historical information and this encouraged me to look at our history, while also looking forward.

For some time, I considered how to best present the most information about the Narcissa community and its’ people, in the small space of a book. The idea was to preserve as much of the history as possible in one location.

With an interest in genealogy, history, and scrap-booking, the idea of simply presenting the information in the form of newspaper articles, photos, and family stories began to take shape. Therefore, this book is presented in the current form. There are four sections to the book, beginning with the church since the Baptist Mission came first. It is followed by community and school sections. The subject index shows the focus of the collection. Therefore, it can not and should not be considered an every name and every place index.

This is an historical sketch that contains information from many sources. In each case, all efforts have been made to preserve the original spellings of names, places and things as they were submitted or found by the author. However, there are some cosmetic changes this author has made that should make it easier on you, the reader. For example, in place of various decades of “current accepted” state abbreviations, every effort has been made to spell out each state in all material prepared for this manuscript. However, all photo representation of original documents, sites, or original material has remained untouched in their content. All names and native words, have remained intact. Due to the size of this project, the reader is still sure to find at least some other typographical errors. Feedback is welcome on such items, so future editions can eliminate errors.

By no means should this book be considered the full history of the Narcissa area. It is merely my attempt to record what information was available to us. No doubt there will be unintentional errors, as is often the case in such compilations. Since many who were approached for family information did not come forth, it is entirely possible that those families may not be fully represented.

All in all, it is the hope of this writer that what has been preserved in this book will be enjoyed by the reader. I would encourage others to seek more family and historical materials and to find a way to preserve them for the future.

Luretta Armagost Williams

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